|2010 World Cup and Grassroots Soccer - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Thabo Dladla, Conti Khubeka and Zeph Mthembu on the potential impact of the 2010 World Cup on grassroots soccer in South Africa. All three men are former professional players now coaching youths. What does 2010 mean to these elders of the game? Will the tournament address the legacy of apartheid and the new challenges of globalization? Putting people before profits, Dladla says, is necessary to effect positive social change.
Keywords: 2010 World Cup; development; FIFA; football; SAFA; soccer; South Africa
|Water, Land, and Refugees in southern Africa - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Bill Derman (Anthropology, MSU) talks about his recent volume on Conflicts Over Land and Water in Africa (2007). He examines the role of government policies, local farmers, and chiefs in land reform in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Derman then shares his observations of refugee flows, and points to the sensitive position of researchers working in the changing political context of southern Africa.
Keywords: anthropology; Bill Derman; chiefs; development; farmers; government policy; land; land reform; politics; refugees; water
|Capitalism, Democracy, and Development - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Kiki Edozie (James Madison College at MSU) compares recent corruption scandals in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya. She argues that democratic crises are closely tied to economic crises. At the end, the implications of these processes for African politics are considered.
Keywords: Africa; Alegi; capitalism; corruption; democracy; development; Kenya; Kiki Edozie; Limb; Nigeria; politics; South Africa
|Maasai Women, Culture, and the Indigenous Rights Movement - MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University|
Dorothy Hodgson (Anthropology, Rutgers) on Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania, with a focus on the experiences and perspectives of women. She discusses the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and Christianity, and then turns to the subject of her new book, Being Maasai, Becoming Indigenous, which explores local activists' engagement with the transnational indigenous rights movement.
Keywords: anthropology; development; Dorothy Hodgson; gender; Maasai; Pastoralist Women's Council; Tanzania; women